Selling Produce to Local Schools

Have you ever wanted to sell produce to your local school system so that kids can enjoy our bounty of Florida fruit and veggies during the winter and spring months?

school lunchThen this seminar, sponsored by the Florida Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services (FDACS) is for you!  They are conducting a “webinar” (a seminar over the web) that will give growers all the information needed about the school food service for the state of Florida.  They will cover several goals, including a description of program, the goals of each school food service department within each district, how they obtain the produce, and what factors are important to them when they purchase produce.  Finally, each meal must be within a certain price range, considering school meals range between $3.00 – 4.00 for lunch per child.

With our statewide average of 10-15 acres per operation, there are several peach orchards that could divert and diversify their marketing strategy to include farm to school avenues.  If you have any questions about the webinar or about the program, contact the FDACS Division of Food, Nutrition and Wellness at 1-800-504-6609.

Program Director:
Christie Meresse
Program Director I – Procurement Compliance Division of Food, Nutrition and Wellness Florida Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services
(850) 617-7427
Christine.Meresse@FreshFromFlorida.com

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